Chinese leaders meet for a few days in Beijing for their annual high masses. Their high priest is Xi Jinping. From their opening statements, Chinese leaders appear obsessed with the threat of a boycott of the Beijing Olympics in 2022.
They are also very worried about the deterioration of China’s international image, especially with regard to the management of the pandemic and the Chinese vaccine against COVID-19. They try to justify the crushing of the democratic movement in Hong Kong with patriotic considerations. Finally, they explain that China in the coming years will be more self-sufficient and that its growth will be lower.
1. What political high masses are we talking about?
Every year, 5,000 leaders and delegates from all parts of China flock to Beijing to attend two large meetings almost simultaneously: the Chinese People’s Consultative Conference and the National Congress meeting. The Consultative Conference is only consultative, as its name suggests, and the National Congress is only an exercise in figuration, as its name does not indicate. Between the statements, we can guess that the high priest is nervous. It is because he wants to remain in power beyond the usual two terms. Hence his boasting about all kinds of problems he would have solved, such as poverty. Hence also his attacks on Deng Xiaoping, who had established a limit of two presidential terms.
2. Are the Beijing Olympics threatened?
For the first time, Chinese leaders have implicitly admitted that the Games are threatened with boycott, lamenting that political considerations are mixed with lofty Olympic ideals. Such a boycott would be difficult to explain to the Chinese people, especially since the Nordic countries, which form the majority of the delegations sent to these games, are mostly democratic countries which could easily follow a boycott. Xi Jinping would come out shaken.
3. Why is the vaccine distribution of concern to China?
Little Mao also ordered his spokespersons to claim that China is not making a policy with the distribution of the Chinese vaccine against COVID-19. It would then be necessary to explain why Canada could not receive the vaccines promised by the Chinese firm CanSino Biologics or why the vaccine is only available for countries which are generally extremely close to Beijing. The problem with this kind of distribution is that it subjects health to partisan politics. A barbaric approach that tarnishes the image of China.
4. How does Xi intend to crush democracy in Hong Kong?
The first information suggests that the candidates who can stand in the Hong Kong elections will be selected by an electoral committee. Under these conditions, it is impossible to speak of free elections. The Chinese government would thus interfere in the internal political mechanisms of Hong Kong, which it does not have the right to do before 2047, according to the terms of the treaty signed between China and the United Kingdom on the return of Hong Kong. Kong. As Joe Biden mentioned, Xi doesn’t have a single democratic streak in his body. He does not even tolerate criticism against him in his own party. Hong Kong’s freedom of speech and freedom of the press are therefore unbearable to it.
5. What about the economy?
Xi relies less and less on growth and more and more on the country’s self-sufficiency, especially in science and technology. Again, Xi Jinping is imitating Mao’s policies.